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Reviewed 2 September 2023

Claims to be the number one Indian takeaway in Colchester but rarely gets your order right always things missing or can’t follow requirement instructions and then when you call up they accuse you of trying to get freebies, No I just want the food I...ordered it’s not hard. Ended up waiting over 2 hours for our complete meal last night and it wasn’t even that nice. Management is a shambles and they won’t accept fault very rude and try and blame you as the customer, once or twice every now and then is fine but when it’s every other order it gets a bit tedious but they don’t like being picked up on it. Gone down hill massively over the last 6 months needs new management and new chef to get back to where they once wereMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 April 2023 via mobile

Ordered from this indian for first time. All was good and arrived on time. Plated myself the food and found an electrical fuse in my food. Went to justeat to complain and they would only offer my £8 for this, despite playing £35 for this...whole order. Could not et anything as was not unsure what else could be in it. Absolutely disgustingMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 1 February 2023

Ordered last night, delivery on time, amazing food, good value, have been looking for a new Indian locally and have now found my go too.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2022

Food was amazing ( as usual I might add ! ), the service is impeccable, staff so friendly and polite, they really make you feel like a valued customer!! The food arrived hot and looked and tasted delicious. Thank you to the chef and ALL...the staff.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 10 August 2022 via mobile

This is the first time we have eaten here since the new owners moved in at the start of the year. We were told that there is a new young Bangladeshi chef and that he is very good, so we thought we would try it.... EVERYTHING was bang on all 5 of us said so , the heat was perfect in every dish. Nothing was too sweet or too over coloured or too crazy hot. The meat dishes were all tender and the king prawns were not overcooked, definitely one of the best Tarka Dahl I have had in a while. The popadoms were fresh and the nans were perfect to. Well done Sonali keep it up, we will definitely be ordering again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 April 2021

The kitchens were closed for covid refit when they reopened we ordered a delivery as we have done for years. one crumpled up popdom no dips the rice tin had been reduced to a smaller portion I called to complain was told they are not...giving free popodoms with meals & smaller portions due to covid. food has got more expensive I couldn't belive what they were telling me. But I still get prawn crackers & popodoms free with our meal from all other take always we order we spent alot here but not anymoreMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 9 March 2021 via mobile

My husband and I weren't big takeaway eaters but since lockdown it's become a regular treat. A friend recommended Sonali and we've never looked back. We've had about 6 takeaways in the last 6 months, each time ordering through Uber. They've always arrived on time...but more often than not early. We love the mint sauce and they always provide extra if you ask. Unfortunately tonight they forgot one of our naan bread. By the time we realised we were just about to call (simply to ask them to take it off our bill) but before we got the chance they had called us, informed us of the error, apologised and told us it was on the way. You can't argue with that service. By the time we'd dished up it had arrived and with an extra naan by way of apology. Everyone makes mistakes but we were so impressed with how they dealt with it and the fact they'd contacted us rather than it needing to be the other way round. The delivery drivers are always polite. They knock and stand back and follow any instructions provided, we always ask for it to be left on the doorstep. The food itself has always been piping hot despite us living the other side of town. It tastes as good as you'd get in a restaurant but all from the comfort of your own home which given the current circumstances is the sort of small pleasures we all need right now. The price is reasonable for the quantity of food you get (you definitely won't starve) and because we go through Uber we often get a deal. All in all we highly recommend Sonali.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 27 February 2021 via mobile

Did not have the heart to give one star - so one star + .... We have used many Indian takeaways around the Colchester area - sadly this is the worst so far. Chicken tikka starter sitting in a very oily tray. Both Madras &...Korma were in very watery sauces - no depth at all - very unpleasant . A thimble full of mint sauce & poppadoms unpleasant too .... Won’t be using this restaurant again.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 27 February 2021 via mobile

You cannot beat the food here. We usually collect but we had a discount with uber so thought we would have it delivered. The food was delivered 5 mins early and was piping hot! The food did not disappoint, it never does! I cannot understand...how some people have decided to rate them 2 stars when they haven't even ordered, seems incredibly unfair and unjust. How can you rate something you havent actually tried??? I'm a vegetarian and have no issues with their menu, it's the same as any other Indian restaurant - most of it quite self explaintory... If you are unsure, surely call the restaurant? We would always recommend this restaurant! Not had one bad meal!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 22 January 2021

What a shame that a dreadful menu let this place down. I was looking to place a large order but the munu was unclear as many items have no description, and unfortunately, being a vegetarian this is something that I am not prepared to take...a risk on. A simple "V" next to each item suitable for vegetarians seems to be the standard for most restaurants and would make things so much easier, but as things stand I have to rate this as poor.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 15 January 2021

To try to cheer our Mum up as we can't be with her to celebrate her 80th birthday I ordered a delivery from Sonali (as I had done this in the past and the food was fantastic). They didn't disappoint. Incredibly tasty food and delivered...quickly and was piping hot. The driver followed my delivery instructions perfectly and the ordering process was incredibly quick and efficient. In a time when everyone is quick to post complaints and bad news, I wanted to make a point of celebrating a business that is doing a great job. Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 22 September 2020 via mobile

The best Indian we've had locally! We only order from Sonali now and have always had amazing meals. The food is always hot and tasty. The sag aloo and King prawn masala is delish - plus the masala comes with free pilau rice so a...bargain. Not greasy at all and the guys in there are always lovely and friendly. Wouldn't go anywhere else.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 28 June 2020 via mobile

Ordered twice in the last couple of months and thoroughly impressed with the food and service. The online ordering system is easy to use and it updates you on the delivery time. Prices are reasonable. Food is tasty, hot and very good portions (apart from...the meat samosas, but you can’t have everything). The Sonali is now our go to Indian. Recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 18 July 2019 via mobile

First time ordering from Sonali and very pleasantly surprised. Easy to order on the website with a lot of choice, and a tracker to see how long the food will take! Food arrived under the suggested time which was a bonus and was delicious with...it!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 June 2019

We live in Wales and visit Colchester around 3 times each year. We found this takeaway a couple of years ago and was very impressed. The food is excellent they have never failed to impress us. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Sonali Indian Takeaway is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5